Wildcat baseball seniors want to lead the team back to regional tournament
This past December the fabled New York Yankees selected former ESPN analyst and MLB All-Star Aaron Boone to don the pinstripes as their new skipper. For the Yankees, the transition from Joe Girardi was necessary to bring back a winning culture into the clubhouse. While The Wildcat baseball team may not be on quite the same level as the Yankees, you can still draw parallels between the two sides. Like the Yankees, the Wildcats are also in a state of managerial transition.
Athletic director Jordan Woodruff hired former University of the Cumberlands pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Colin Duffie to lead the program in a new direction this offseason. Duffie will be the fifth head baseball coach at Pendleton County since Murph Howard’s last season in 2010. (Josh Hamm: 2011-2012, Aaron Biddle: 2013-2014, Joe Dean: 2015-2016, Chris Scott: 2016, Ben Dreyer, 2017) Duffie began playing baseball in his hometown of Calhoun, Georgia. His previous coaching stops include Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee and at Harrison County as an assistant basketball coach.
“If we’re able to develop the attitude and discipline I want us to have over the course of the season, we’re going to be a good ball team,” said Duffie. “We’re going to be really young and there’s going to be some bumps along the way but we’re getting better.”
The Wildcats have surprising youth up and down their roster. Seventh graders Ethan Verst, Connor Neltner and eight grader Bryce Redden are projected to be big contributors. The varsity roster is also chocked full of athletic sophomores who will be earning expanded roles this season.